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Chris Kourakis: Trashing judicial independence and the rule of law has grave consequences

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WHY is the independence of the judiciary important? In all spheres of life we depend on common agreement on ground rules which are well known in… Chris Kourakis The Advertiser We rightly complain if the goal posts are constantly changed. Without an ordered and level playing field, sporting games would become all-in… Ground rules only work if enforced by officials who know the rules, are independent and rational, and have the character to withstand outside… Chris Kourakis: Trashing… Read More »

Donald Trump ends decades-long White House tradition of celebrating Ramadan with iftar dinner

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After first iftar dinner in 1805, the White House started yearly ritual in 1996, under former First Lady Hillary Clinton Rachael Revesz Independent Donald Trump’s government has not held an iftar dinner for the end of Ramadan, breaking a Muslim tradition held at the White House for more than two centuries. The iftar dinner occurs at sunset at the end of the… Donald Trump ends… Read More »

Arab and Islamic leaders condemn terror plot targeting Makkah’s Grand Mosque

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JEDDAH: Leaders from around the Arab world have condemned a terror plot targeting the Grand Mosque in Makkah, which Saudi security forces said on Friday they had… Arab News King Salman received a cable from Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, emir of the Kuwait, in which he expressed Kuwait’s strong condemnation of terrorist schemes, which contradict teachings of Islam and all religious and human… Cables were also received from … Arab and Islamic… Read More »

The European Union dumps China

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In one fell swoop, a legislative committee of the European Union Parliament has snubbed China’s recent easing of restrictions on inbound foreign investment, rejected Beijing’s demand to be recognized as a… Emanuele Scimia  Asia Times On Tuesday, the EU Parliament’s trade committee overwhelmingly adopted a resolution amending the European Commission’s proposed legislation on… In other words, EU lawmakers have decided to toughen the bloc’s… The European Union… Read More »

UK: Demands made of Qatar must be measured, realistic

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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also calls Saudi-led bloc of countries to lift embargo imposed on Qatar. Al Jazeera Britain’s foreign secretary has said that a major diplomatic crisis in the Gulf will end only when “measured and realistic” conditions are discussed, in comments made shortly after a… “Gulf unity can only be restored when all countries involved are willing to discuss terms that are measured and realistic,” Boris Johnson said on Friday, according to a… UK: Demands made… Read More »

Bosnian Students Unite Against Ethnically Divided Schools

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One down, 57 to go. That’s the scorecard students in the town of Jajce in Bosnia-Herzegovina held after their protests pushed the government to drop plans to force them into an ethnically divided school after a year-long… Alan Crosby RFE/RL Flush with that success, the students have vowed to continue their struggle against segregation in 57 other schools, claiming the system fosters ethnic tensions from an early… “We want quality… Bosnian Students Unite… Read More »

California activist Tom Steyer adds health care to his brand

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Joining the drug price battle could boost the political fortunes of the California billionaire. Victoria Colliver Politico SAN FRANCISCO — California billionaire activist Tom Steyer made his name as an environmental activist, worked with Democratic groups to register a million new voters and redefined green politics with high-profile campaigns on climate change and clean… Now as he weighs a run for public office, he’s adding health care — specifically drug prices — to his… California activist Tom… Read More »

Kurds see chance to advance their cause in ruins of Islamic State

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With the defeat of Isis close, its opponents scent opportunity in the region. Can Kurdish forces win more… Martin Chulov The Guardian As what remains of Islamic State crumbles, the would-be victors have started… In Mosul, Iraqi forces have begun preparing for peace in the city where the now-encircled marauders took root three years… Across the border in Raqqa, with five of its neighbourhoods under their control, Kurdish forces are contemplating what comes next for them and… Kurds see chance… Read More »

A health issue, not a crime: it’s time to scrap outdated abortion laws

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Archaic abortion laws are still oppressing women in Australia. We should finally step up to medical developments and social expectations Caroline de Costa Heather Douglas The Guardian On Wednesday the Queensland law reform commission (QLRC) received a reference to consider how Queensland should amend laws relating to termination of pregnancy and remove abortion offences from the criminal code. The QLRC has 12 months to report on how to repeal these archaic Queensland laws dating back to… A health issue… Read More »

Hugh Linehan: Is it time for publicly funding serious journalism?

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Threat to public-interest journalism from market decline raises issue of State support Hugh Linehan The Irish Times The first regular commission I had with this newspaper was writing the Film of the Day for the TV listings page. It was only 50 words, but I do recall being pleased when someone pointed out market research which showed it was the most-read page in the… I wonder whether that’s still the… Hugh Linehan: Is… Read More »

Theresa May’s offer to EU citizens dismissed as ‘insufficient’

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Theresa May’s hopes for an early deal on the rights of expat citizens after Brexit suffered a setback when EU leaders gave a frosty reception to proposals which she unveiled at a… ARJ SINGH The Scotsman European Council president Donald Tusk said the UK plan fell below Brussels’ expectations and could worsen the situation of three million EU citizens living in the UK, while German chancellor Angela… Mrs May insisted that her offer was “fair and serious” and should reassure ... Read More »

Exxon, Stephen Hawking, greens, and Reagan’s advisors agree on a carbon tax

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Nearly everyone other than science-denying Republican Party leaders understands the importance of a carbon pollution tax Dana Nuccitelli The Guardian What do ExxonMobil, Stephen Hawking, the Nature Conservancy, and Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Treasury and Chief of Staff have in common? All have signed on as founding members to the Climate Leadership Council, which has met with the White House to propose a revenue-neutral carbon tax… Exxon, Stephen Hawking… Read More »

France takes tough line on Calais migrants

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CALAIS: French President Emmanuel Macron’s new government took a tough line on Calais migrants Friday, with his interior minister saying he does not want the northern port to become an… AFP Arab News Making his first visit to a city which has for years been a magnet for migrants and refugees hoping to cross to Britain, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb ruled out building a reception center for asylum… “We’ve seen this before, it starts with a few hundred people and ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia & allies demand Qatar close Turkish base, shut Al-Jazeera and more within 10 days

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The Arab states which have imposed an economic blockade on Qatar over its alleged financing of terrorism have issued a severe list of demands, which includes giving Doha 10 days to cut ties with Iran, shutting down Al-Jazeera, closing a Turkish military base and… RT The Kuwait emissary, which is serving a mediator in the diplomatic standoff, has reportedly presented the list of 13 demands from the… Doha has 10 days to comply, according to Associated Press which has seen ... Read More »

It Took Two to Make Russian Meddling Effective

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A Washington Post report on 2016 election interference raises the question: What could Obama have done differently? Julia Ioffe The Atlantic If there is one thing The Washington Post’s story on the Obama administration’s anemic response to Russian meddling in the 2016 election makes clear, it’s that it took two to make the… There is a reason the tactics Russia used on the American elections—which are similar to things they’ve done in former Soviet republics and… It Took Two… Read More »

The Evolution of Yannis: From Turkish Nationalist to Jailed Greek Activist

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Yannis Vasilis Yaylalı, an ethnic Greek peace activist born in Samsun, was recently arrested by Turkish police in the Kurdish city of Şırnak, where he had been living since… Uzay Bulut Special for the Armenian Weekly Meral Geylani, his partner and fellow activist, told the Armenian Weekly that four lawsuits have been filed against… Three of them are for “discouraging the public from military service” and one is for “publicly disrespecting Mustafa Kemal Ataturk” through his articles and… The Evolution ... Read More »